Philippians 4:4-13

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Secret of My Success

Humility: Power over Pride

I know what it is like to be in need, and I know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12

Everyone wants to know the secret of success. Yet no one can really agree on what success actually is, let alone the secret of it. There are many definitions to success. Perhaps the simplest is a "favorable or desired outcome or the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence." But even this definition is open to various degrees of interpretation. It would be nice if there was some secret formula out there that could revolutionize the way we think about success and how we attain it. It's ironic that something so elusive and vague dominates our thoughts and efforts so much.

For Paul, success was contentment. His secret of how to be content (successful) had nothing to do with his circumstances or his selfish efforts to change them. It is interesting to note that pride is the number one enemy of contentment. Pride comes in two forms 1) The kind of pride that always believes we need more and is never satisfied with what we have and 2) The kind of pride that won't allow us to depend on anyone for anything—also known as individualism. Paul's secret was his trust in God to supply all his needs and in the power of Christ to enable him to do anything he was called to do. He also recognized that at times, he would need to depend on the generosity of others and at other times, he would just need to get by with what he had.